Category Archives: Branding

SharePoint Saturday Baltimore Slides

Posted by on May 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm.

Today is SharePoint Saturday Baltimore 2013 in Timonium, MD. Pretty great turn out so far today which is awesome, I think this year sold out pretty quickly as well. Having just spoken at SharePoint Saturday Boston a few weeks back it’s great to see the SPS community thriving all other the country.

This year I spoke on Driving User Adoption with Custom SharePoint Branding which I also spoke on at SharePoint Saturday Boston a few weeks ago. You can download my slides from the session at the link below, and as always feel free to contact me anytime – keep the conversation going! For those of you who attended the session feel free to contact me for a copy of the demo code.

powerpoint Download the full PowerPoint deck here

Check out other SPS Events sites here.

SharePoint Saturday Boston Slides

Posted by on April 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm.

This past weekend was SharePoint Saturday Boston 2013 and we had an awesome turnout! This year sold out almost a month in advance I believe, and all the sessions we packed.

This year I spoke on Driving User Adoption with Custom SharePoint Branding which I also spoke on at SharePoint Saturday Baltimore last year (and will be again this year). You can download my slides from the session at the link below, and as always feel free to contact me anytime – keep the conversation going! For those of you who attended the session feel free to contact me for a copy of the demo code.

powerpoint Download the full PowerPoint deck here

Up next: SharePoint Saturday Baltimore (Saturday, May 18th), I’ll see you there!

I’m Speaking at SharePoint Saturday!

Posted by on April 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm.

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted, but now’s a good a time as any. I’m going to be speaking at both SharePoint Saturday Boston this Saturday (4/27) and also SharePoint Saturday Baltimore again this year (5/18).

Details on both are below. I know SPS Boston is already sold old (tickets went quick!) but I’ll make my slides and demo available after the event.

spsboston_logo SharePoint Saturday Boston
April 27th, 2013
www.spsboston.org
2012_SPS_Logo_300 SharePoint Saturday Baltimore
May 18th, 2013
www.sharepointsaturday.org/baltimore

Balsamiq Wireframes Quickstart Guide

Posted by on October 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm.

One of my favorite tools for making design and UI/UX wire frames is Balsamiq mockups. I know I’ve mentioned this tool many times before and referred to it in presentations, but it really is an awesome tool. I made a simple template in another post for making SharePoint mockups you can download here.

Packt Publishing just released a pretty slick book titled Balsamiq Wireframes Quickstart Guide by Scott Faranello. I’ve been reviewing the book and it’s a great reference for everything from installing the software to file formats, custom objects, design best practices, and more! It’s definitely worth checking out if you need to make wire frame mockups for user interface design or custom look and feel, in SharePoint and other applications.

You can get the book as an eBook or in hard copy online, as well as book reviews and topics covered on the Packt Publishing book page here.

Book Approach (from Packt Publishing):
“This book is a step-by-step guide to learning Balsamiq Mockups and wireframing in general. Written in an engaging, easy to follow style and flow, readers can utilize free, downloadable templates that teach by building upon previous chapters until each lesson is learned and applied, ensuring true learning, not just memorization.” 

Who This Book is For:
“If you are serious about wireframing, designing and communicating your ideas clearly and quickly, then this book is for you.” 

Add Custom Words to SharePoint 2010 Spell Check

Posted by on June 7, 2012 at 8:50 am.

This was a unique one, I had a client recently who utilized SharePoint 2010 for their internal corporate intranet. In my mind one of the best uses for SharePoint, although every time they typed their company name SharePoint would say it was a misspelling!

Obviously it’s not ideal to see the red squiggly line every time you type your company name. Really, Microsoft should have build some kind of global dictionary term management system for adding words with an option to allow end users to add dictionary terms or admins only… but they didn’t. A quick hop around the community found me this great article by Kathryn Ciaralli which did the trick.

You in fact can add custom terms to your SharePoint dictionary! Unfortunately this solution is only per each site collection, but you can setup publishing jobs to keep everything in sync I suppose. To add custom terms to your SharePoint spell check dictionary, do the following for each site collection:

  1. Create a document library at the root site level for your site collection called ‘Spelling’.
    spelling
  2. Create a .txt file on your computer with the custom terms you’d like to add to the dictionary – add one term per line. When you’re done, save it as “Custom Dictionary.txt”.

    Custom Dictionary.txt

  3. Upload the Custom Dictionary.txt file to the new Spelling document library. Bing! Custom terms added to your site collection dictionary, one and done. Simple as that.